RAJKOT: Chairman of Ashapura Group of Industries was among the 11 persons booked by the Mandvi police in Kutch for alleged illegal mining of bauxite that was detected in November last year.
The mining was carried out by Manico Minerals, a company of Ashapura Group of Industries, senior police official said.
Along with chairman Chetan Shah, the company’s chief executive officer (CEO) Hemul Shah was also named in the FIR.
On November 25, 2020, Kutch local crime branch (LCB) had carried out a raid on illegal mining activity in Punadi village near the coastal town of Mandvi. Bauxite worth Rs 2.3 crore and mining equipment worth Rs 1.75 crore were seized from the spot.
Others booked are Prakash Gor, vice-president, Manico Minerals; Sudhir Pathak, supervisor; Dharmaraj Varu, unit head; Pradymansinh Jadeja, Hitendrasinh Jadeja and Hardevsinh Jadeja, all from Ashapura Logistics and four drivers Arjun Sahu, Shankar Yadav, Sikandar Motidas and Salim Kumbhar.
The raiding team had seized nearly 500 tonnes of bauxite from the spot.
The mineral, which only the government is authorized to mine and sell, was being allegedly sold under the garb of gypsum.